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Spy camera man filmed in gay sex sting; Cops saw romp at public loos.

A council chief put in charge of spy cameras was secretly filmed having gay sex at a public toilet.

Estates officer Sam Parker, 52, was given the job of eaves- dropping on crooks in Stirling.

But he was caught himself, in a controversial police video trap, as he committed a sordid sex act with a 42-year-old labourer.

Officers set up the sting at the loos in Beechwood Park, Stirling, after complaints that a rent boy was operating there.

The move has sparked fury among gay rights' groups. They blame the surveillance for the suicides of two men - one a Stirling Council colleague of Parker - who were caught by the cameras.

Parker, dubbed Mr Clean because his job involves fighting litter, was filmed meeting James Smith, 42, outside the toilet near a school.

The two men went into a cubicle together. The encounter lasted 20 minutes.

Both men admitted committing a homosexual act in the toilets, and were fined pounds 250 each at Stirling Sheriff Court yesterday.

Morag Ferguson, defending Parker, said: "He has no explanation for this offence. He feels it's an illness.

"He was suffering great stress at the time, and doesn't now feel able to face people."

Miss Ferguson also acted for bachelor Smith, of Beechtree trailer park, Cornton, Stirling. She said he feared he'd lose his job because of the case.

Last year, the council unveiled plans to put Parker in charge of spy cameras in the crime-hit Cultenhove area of the town.

The scheme hasn't been put into action yet because of lack of cash.

Stirling Council insist they have no plans to suspend Parker. Personnel boss Jacqui Jones said: "He has an unblemished work record. We have no reason to suspend him at this point in time.

"But we will speak to him about this, as a priority."

Divorced Parker, of Ban-nockburn Road, St Ninians, Stirling, rounded on the police after yesterday's case .

He said: "I am ashamed but I think filming in the toilets is a disgrace.

"This camera may have been set up to catch paedophiles but people who would never dream of touching a child have been caught in the net.

"Many men caught will feel unable to go on after this.

"There have been two suicides already and I assure you there will be far more."

Stirling Council youth and community worker Cameron Daisley, 48, was found hanged at the weekend after police told him he'd been caught by the camera having sex with a boy of 13.

His death followed the suicide of workman Michael Cummings, 60, who leapt from the Forth Road Bridge.
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